Re-shaping Rail in South Wales
The railways of Briton Ferry and district - past, present and future
by Philip Adams & Martin Davies
Profusely illustrated with colour and black-and-white photos, maps and diagrams, the book touches on most topics. The bonding agent between them, which makes the book somewhat singular, is the people of Neath-Port Talbot and their social experiences of the area’s railways.
The book covers three historical periods:
1. From the inception of the railways until the mid-twentieth century.
2. The mid-twentieth century from 1955 to 1975
3. The final decades of the twentieth century to the present day and the prospects for the future.
No reader should fail to consider the issues raised about future transport needs and how integrated transport systems, with heavy railways as their core, can contribute to the redevelopment and prosperity of regions such as Swansea Bay.
LIST OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Introduction; the precursors of the railway.
Chapter 2: The railways that came together as the GWR.
Chapter 3: Stations. The origins of the area’s stations
Chapter 4: Passengers. The public’s views and expectations of the services, some unusual passengers and atypical train services.
Chapter 5: Industrial Railways. The railways that were created during the age of steam power to service the steam-powered metallurgical industries.
Chapter 6: Goods and Freight Trains. Today’s mainline and trainload freight, the obligation to act as a ‘common carrier’.
Chapter 7: Locomotives and Sheds. The origins and the role of the locomotive depots in the railway system of west Wales, particularly Cwrt Sart. Its location, construction and layout, and its functions over its lifetime.
Chapter 8: Staffing. The shed’s purpose and its operations and how staff were managed to fulfil its purpose.
Chapter 9: A Rail Enthusiast's Tale. How rail enthusiasts’ activities became more sophisticated, to result in the creation of local railway preservation societies.
Chapter 10: Scrapping and Preservation. Huge changes that took place in the 1960s on the railways of west Wales. The ending of local passenger and goods services, line and station closures, and the scrapping of locos.
Chapter 11: The Townspeople. The opinions that the people had on the town’s public and industrial railways.
Chapter 12: Accidents, Incidents and Preventions.
Chapter 13: Ownership. Privatisation, rationalisation and nationalisation.
Chapter 14: The Future. What place in meeting the area’s economic and social goals and what future policies and projects can be expected.
Abbreviations and definitions - Timeline
Ownership of the railways in the UK
Transport interchanges - Rail workers in 1911
Intermodal container trains
Locomotives based at Cwrt Sart depot and scrapped at Briton Ferry
Softback, 288 pages, well illustrated with a large selection of black & white and colour photographs
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